I think this is Chromolaena odorata (Syn: Eupatorium odoratum)
It is cultivated as a medicinal plant and also planted as a hedge. Has
naturalized in India. Interestingly, it is called Communist Pacha in
Another anecdote is that Parthenium hysterophorus, called Gaajar-ghaas
in Delhi, is called Congress Weed (this was pointed out by Pankaj
Looks like our political parties are like unavoidable weeds, which can
sometimes be put to some good use too! ;-)
On Nov 30, 2:20 pm, "J.M. Garg" <jmga...@gmail.com
> Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise pl.
> Earlier relevant feedback:
> “After coming back home I found that my dilemma is there on Flowers of India
> website. *Chromolaena odorata* figures on this website with two photographs:
> one by dinesh ji (which matches C. odorata of FNA eflora: Leaves 5-10 cm
> long, 1-4 cm broad, involucre 8-10 mm, heads 5–50, corymbiform; apices of
> the inner sometimes slightly white-petaloid or expanded ), and one by Girija
> ji (which matches mine and C. frustrata of FNA: leaves mostly 1.5–4 long,
> 0.7–2.2 cm broad, , heads usually in clusters of 2–6; involucre 5.5–7.5(–8)
> mm, apices of the inner not petaloid or expanded). I tried to look for all
> plants in our garden. All leaves were shorter than 5 cm and narrower than 2
> cm, inflorescence with few heads. It matched very well with *C.
> frustrata*and the photograph uploaded by Girija ji from Delhi.
> Your comments are solicited.
> Dr. Gurcharan Singh”
> “I think this plant* similiries with Eupatorium*, is it right ?” from
> Vijayadas ji. "
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Gurcharan Singh <singh...@gmail.com
> Date: 2009/11/13
> Subject: [indiantreepix:0] Chromolaena odorata from Delhi?
> To: indian...@googlegroups.com
> I was a happy man when I concentrated only on wild plants, and showed little
> or no interest in Cultivated plants. Blame Garg ji and Tabish ji, now I want
> name of every plant I see and click. I was happy to call this small
> cultivated border plant as some species Eupatorium. Today I sat for
> several hours to know that Eupatorium is a large genus now split into
> several smaller genera. Closest I could go is Chromolaena odorata. I need
> your confirmation on this.
> Dr. Gurcharan Singh
> Associate Professor
> SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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